Paris: Food

September 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

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During our week in Paris, Nick and I tried various kinds of restaurants as well as food. We ate a few prix fixe meals that guaranteed us an appetizer, main course, and dessert. We ate a lot of fish, duck, and lamb. We ate enormous salads, sometimes with more cheese than vegetables. I drank a lot of wine and a bit of beer and champagne. I drank coffee every day, sometimes twice a day, as opposed to my usual once-a-month coffee. I even got Nick to order a cup of it!

We also had a few meals consisting of takeout (or ’emporter’ en Francias!) on our balcony. It’s great to eat out in a full-service restaurant, but Paris offers a lot of portable food like the ever-popular baguette sandwich. Delicious, extremely French, and much more affordable than lunch at a cafe!

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You can’t visit Paris without tasting their baked goods and pastries. Each morning, I’d head to the Patisserie across the street to pick up buttery croissants, pain au chocolat, and a cafe au lait for myself. The croissants in Paris are crisp on the outside and moist and buttery on the inside. Yum!

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Don’t forget the macaroon! It’s the new cupcake, you know.

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I certainly ate my fill of pasta.

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One of my favourite meals was a gaffe (or savory crepe) and coffee I had from a tiny Creperie on a back street of St-Germain. The shop only had about three tables and it was run by two women, who looked to be sisters. The young daughter of one of the women entertained us by playing with a crown made out of paper and smiling at us sweetly. A French babe in the making.

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Did you know?

– The French invented the restaurant.

– The French respect the art of the restaurant so much that they expect everyone to enjoy it as much as they do. If you dare ask for your cheque before you’re finished your meal, they just may refuse to bring it to you. They want you to take your time and enjoy your food properly.

– To be a server in a restaurant in Paris is not what it is in North America – it is a serious profession and is regarded highly and paid as such.

– If you’re going out for dinner or lunch to a nice restaurant, put a little effort into your look – that means no ugly shoes or fannypacks!

I’m curious: what would you eat first in Paris?

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